Have you heard of the One Room Challenge? (#OneRoomChallenge or #ORC) 6-week blog series? The One Room Challenge™, currently in its ninth season, is a biannual event every April and October hosted by Linda at Calling it Home Blog. Each round, twenty designers are invited to take the challenge and transform a space — in just 6 short weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over the six weekly posts. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, is welcome to join in on the fun by linking their own room transformations up during the six weeks. This is where my blog comes in. Each Thursday, I will be linking my transformation to this site. For my first time I won’t be quite transforming your typical room like a bedroom or bathroom…..I’m going to transform our garage into a man-cave for my dearest husband.
Can I transform a boring garage into something glamorous? Damn straight I can!! OK, well, maybe glamorous isn’t quite the word I would use to describe what my husband would like…but its not going to look like your typical garage. I’m hoping that by the end of this transformation, our garage/man-cave will look something like this…..but even better!!!
So why transform a garage? My hubby and I had been discussing what to do with our garage and how to store his “toys” over the winter while still allowing our usual vehicles a place of warmth over the winter. Actually, let me correct myself……only HIS car gets in the garage because my SUV is mammoth and won’t fit if I actually want to get out of it. So really this is why the garage is becoming his man-cave…..all of his vehicles will be inside of it — which includes his regular car, his summer car and his motorcycle. Rough life he’s got!!
Below is a list of
our, I mean his must-haves for the garage man-cave:
- Organization! everything in its place (ie: tools) and the garage to be clutter-free
- Storage – lots of it for bikes, tools, seasonal decorations, my designer samples (ie: tiles, flooring etc) and all the recycling bins
- Maximize vertical space for seasonal vehicles – we have an 18 ft ceiling in the garage so it makes sense us this under-utilized space
- Clean & odor-free garage – new flooring & storage will take care of this
- Add heater to moderate temperature in garage for seasonal vehicles
- Man-cave comfort (ie: fridge, counter space, TV) so he can watch sports while he is puttering around in the garage
- Create an art wall where he can display the pictures from all his motorcycle rides – pictures that I haven’t allowed in the house 😉
Here is what our garage looks like now from the outside and inside. The exterior of our house with our double garage:
And here is the disorganized mess that is inside:
Now we are on our way to transforming this garage into a man-cave garage….keep up with my weekly updates every Thursday for the next 5 weeks. Sign up for my updates to the right of this blog post!
Glamorously yours xoxo